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Monday, August 30, 2010

India : AIIMS becomes dengue den, 1 dead

Via Times of India :

" NEW DELHI: AIIMS, the country's premier medical institute, seems to have become a hub of dengue cases. On Sunday, a 25-year-old son of an AIIMS staffer died of the disease and family members of many doctors living on campus have been diagnosed positive.

Doctors say as many as 40 to 45 dengue cases have been reported from the campus, though officials did not confirm this.

The situation, say faculty members, has not changed despite four notices and two consecutive challans served on the institute. Mosquito breeding continues to be high on the campus and the staff are paying the price for what NDMC chief medical officer R N Singh called the ``failure of the institute administration even after repeated warnings''.

Dr Randeep Guleria, professor in the medicine department confirmed the disease was rampant on campus. ``In our department, we are seeing eight to 10 cases of suspected dengue fever every day from within the institute,'' he said."

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